Easy Wood Canvas Frame For Under $4

This easy canvas frame involves two 1 x 2s. You will create a frame that attaches to a cradle. The cradle holds the back of the canvas in place and lines up the edges of the canvas with the front of the frame.  

This tutorial is for a canvas that measures 40 x 30 inches. Adjust your supplies and cuts as needed. Also if you prefer the look of a floating frame make longer cuts to adjust for the floated space between the canvas and the frame. My canvas is 3/4 inch thick and the 1 x 2s measure 3/4 inches thick which made the frame and canvas flush. If your canvas depth is thicker adjust the width of the frame or the depth of the cradle.

SUPPLIES FOR DIY CANVAS FRAME

  • 2 – 1 x 2 x 8
  • Wood glue
  • 1 inch scews
  • 1 1/2 inch 18G brad nails
  • Wood filler
  • Stain – I used Special Walnut, Weathered Gray and Dark Walnut
  • White latex paint
  • Sawtooth hangers – I used these sawtooth hangers

CUTS FOR DIY CANVAS FRAME

*Double check your measurements. Due to minor errors in cuts and being slightly off square your cuts may be different then what I have here. Measure twice cut once.  I used one 1 x 2 to cut one side and a top frame and another 1 x 2 to cut a side and a bottom frame. This left me with app two 24 inch pieces of scrap that I used for the side cradles. I used scrap wood I had laying around to make the top and bottom cradles. If you don’t have any scrap wood around depending on the size of your canvas you can use the scrap left over from making the frame to make the cradle. 

 Top and Bottom FrSTEPS TO MAKE DIY CANVAS FRAMEame

  • 2 – 1 x 2 at 31 1/2 inches

Side Frame

  • 2 – 1 x 2 at 40 inches

Top and Bottom Back Supports (Cradle)

  • 2 – 1 x 2 app 5 1/2 inches (I used some scrap I had around. You can use the left over scrap from the side cuts as well)

Side Back Supports (Cradle)

  • 2 – 1 x 2 app 24 inches (I used scrap left over from the frame cuts)

After your cuts, dry fit the canvas in the frame and cradle to double check your measurements.

STEPS TO MAKE DIY CANVAS FRAME

Step 1) Align the cradle with the frame. Mark center of the top, bottom and side cradles and the cente
Step 2) Sand all four pieces of the frame. Glue and nail together at all four corners using a square to keep 90 degrees. r of the top, bottom and side frames. On the back of the cradle pieces drill pilot holes and drill countersink holes. This is where you will attach the canvas to the cradle. 

The reason for the countersink is so the screws will not scratch the wall on the backside of the frame.

Line up center with the corresponding pieces (side frame to side cradle, bottom frame to bottom cradle, etc.) then glue and nail in place.

This is what the cradle pieces look like before nailing together. 

Step 2) Sand all four pieces of the frame. Glue and nail together at all four corners using a square to keep 90 degrees.

Step 3) Apply wood filler to fill in any nail holes and cracks. Then I layered a few different stains. I applied Special Walnut and Weathered Gray and then lightly sanded. Then I applied Dark Walnut. To add a rustic look I dry brushed white paint over the stain and lightly sanded.

I finished it off with a matte sealer.

Step 4) Once the sealer dries attach the hanging hardware.

Insert the canvas into the cradle. Screw the cradle to the back of the canvas frame using 1-inch screws (where the countersink holes are).

Hang it on the wall in its new home.


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